Sandra Yagi was raised in suburban Denver Colorado, (USA) and from an early age she loved science (especially biology) and drawing. Her parents instilled in me an ethic of getting a “useful” education because of their concern for monetary and domestic stability—a result of their internment with other Japanese-Americans during WWII and their desire for their children to assimilate. As a result, Sandra’s studies focused on business, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration, and worked in the corporate world for 27 years at major financial institutions. However, due to the pent-up need to create, she took up drawing and painting again at age 32, while still working in finance. Sandra left corporate life behind in 2008 and became a full-time artist. She works in numerous private collections, including those of Axl Rose, Ben Stiller, Miley Cyrus, Chris Vroom (Co-Founder of Artspace), Paul Ruscha, and film director Lee Unkrich (director of Toy Story 3).
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
With a viewpoint rooted in logic and science, and a curiosity for the macabre, Sandra Yagi explores themes such as mortality, human experience and our impact on the natural world.
Sandra Yagi’s works has been featured in notable magazine and online resources like Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Scientific Inquirer, El Cultural, Bicycle Review, The Octopus Game, 20 Minutos.es, and, ArtScene